DeAndre Hopkins Skips Practice, Team Threatened Walk-Out After Owner Bob McNair’s Comments
Shit is starting to hit the fan in Houston after Texans owner Bob McNair when made insensitive comments last week at the league’s owners’ meetings.
While speaking to NFL owners, executives and league commissioner Roger Goodell, McNair said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in response to players taking a knee during the national anthem.
“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair reportedly said, referring to NFL players.
The meeting took place last week in New York, one day after a small group of owners met with a handful of players about ongoing protests during the national anthem.
NFL executive Troy Vincent, a former player, later stood up and said he was offended by McNair’s comment, according to ESPN.
After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as “inmates.” Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an “inmate.”
McNair’s comments didn’t sit well with Texans players who were ready to walk-out of practice but were eventually convinced to stay.
Texans’ star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice altogether due to McNair’s comments.
We’ll see how this unfolds throughout the weekend but it’s clear that Texans players aren’t happy with their owner right now.